SEC Catch Rate Leaders for 2011

Yesterday, SB Nation's College Football stats guru, Bill Connelly, unleashed upon the world his Targets & Catches totals from all of 2011. These numbers measure how many times given players are being thrown to, how often they catch those passes and what yardage they earn once they do. The master list is formidable but worth the effort of wading through.

I figured a good initial use of these numbers would be to see which SEC receivers (and running backs) were the most efficient over the course of last season. This chart lists every conference player targeted more than 50 times and then listed by catch rate. The key to the terms are at the bottom.

Top SEC players by Catch Rate (min 50 targets)
No. Team Player Targets Catches Catch Rate Target %
1 Alabama Brad Smelley 51 41 80.40% 14.00%
2 Georgia Malcolm Mitchell 61 45 73.80% 14.80%
3 LSU Odell Beckham Jr. 61 44 72.10% 21.90%
4 Arkansas Joe Adams 76 54 71.10% 17.10%
5 Georgia Orson Charles 67 45 67.20% 16.30%
6 Arkansas Chris Gragg 63 41 65.10% 14.20%
7 Alabama Marquis Maze 87 56 64.40% 23.80%
8 LSU Rueben Randle 87 56 64.40% 31.30%
9 Arkansas Jarius Wright 103 66 64.10% 23.10%
10 Auburn Emory Blake 60 36 60.00% 22.00%
11 Miss. State Chris Smith 59 35 59.30% 17.80%
12 Tennessee Da'Rick Rogers 115 67 58.30% 31.40%
13 Kentucky Matt Roark 62 36 58.10% 19.70%
14 Miss. State Arceto Clark 53 30 56.60% 16.00%
15 Vanderbilt Chris Boyd 55 31 56.40% 17.40%
16 S. Carolina Alshon Jeffery 88 49 55.70% 29.90%
17 Florida Jordan Reed 51 28 54.90% 17.40%
18 Tennessee Mychal Rivera 53 29 54.70% 14.50%
19 Georgia Tavarres King 88 46 52.30% 21.40%
20 Kentucky La'Rod King 79 40 50.60% 25.20%
21 Ole Miss Donte Moncrief 63 31 49.20% 22.70%
22 Vanderbilt Jordan Matthews 84 41 48.80% 26.50%
Targets = receptions plus incompletions targeting a given receiver.
Catches = receptions.
Yards = receiving yards
Catch Rate = catches / targets
Yards Per Target = yards / targets
Target % = the percentage of a team's passes targeting a given receiver.
%SD = the percent of a players targets that came on standard downs.

To give a bit wider view of the matter, I've also compiled a chart organized by catch rate of the top 100 SEC players targeted for passes in 2011 using Connelly's standard metrics. You can find that after the jump.

Top 2011 SEC Catch Rates (minimum 10 targets)
No. Team Player Target No. Targets Catches Yards Catch Rate YdsPer Target Target % YdsPer Catch %SD
1 S. Carolina Justice Cunningham 6 20 18 142 90.00% 7.1 6.80% 7.9 45.00%
2 Ole Miss Jeff Scott 6 17 15 99 88.20% 5.8 6.10% 6.6 58.80%
3 Arkansas Ronnie Wingo Jr. 7 23 20 187 87.00% 8.1 5.20% 9.4 60.90%
4 Auburn Quan Bray 7 20 17 93 85.00% 4.7 7.30% 5.5 65.00%
5 Tennessee Justin Hunter 8 20 17 314 85.00% 15.7 5.50% 18.5 70.00%
6 Florida Jeff Demps 8 19 16 172 84.20% 9.1 6.50% 10.8 63.20%
7 Tennessee Tauren Poole 5 25 21 164 84.00% 6.6 6.80% 7.8 12.00%
8 Alabama Brandon Gibson 9 17 14 140 82.40% 8.2 4.70% 10 58.80%
9 Vanderbilt Jerron Seymour 7 11 9 108 81.80% 9.8 3.50% 12 45.50%
10 S. Carolina Bruce Ellington 5 21 17 211 81.00% 10 7.10% 12.4 61.90%
11 Alabama Brad Smelley 2 51 41 395 80.40% 7.7 14.00% 9.6 64.70%
12 Auburn Trovon Reed 4 27 21 164 77.80% 6.1 9.90% 7.8 63.00%
13 Alabama Trent Richardson 4 40 31 349 77.50% 8.7 11.00% 11.3 70.00%
14 Arkansas Dennis Johnson 6 31 24 255 77.40% 8.2 7.00% 10.6 54.80%
15 Ole Miss Vince Sanders 8 13 10 110 76.90% 8.5 4.70% 11 53.80%
16 Vanderbilt Zac Stacy 6 26 20 106 76.90% 4.1 8.20% 5.3 30.80%
17 Alabama Kenny Bell 6 24 18 281 75.00% 11.7 6.60% 15.6 58.30%
18 Alabama Kevin Norwood 8 20 15 268 75.00% 13.4 5.50% 17.9 70.00%
19 LSU Spencer Ware 5 16 12 71 75.00% 4.4 5.80% 5.9 37.50%
20 S. Carolina Nick Jones 7 16 12 143 75.00% 8.9 5.40% 11.9 68.80%
21 Tennessee Marlin Lane Jr. 7 23 17 161 73.90% 7 6.30% 9.5 30.40%
22 Georgia Malcolm Mitchell 3 61 45 665 73.80% 10.9 14.80% 14.8 68.90%
23 LSU Odell Beckham Jr. 2 61 44 504 72.10% 8.3 21.90% 11.5 72.10%
24 Arkansas Joe Adams 2 76 54 652 71.10% 8.6 17.10% 12.1 68.40%
25 S. Carolina Brandon Wilds 4 22 15 136 68.20% 6.2 7.50% 9.1 36.40%
No. Team Player Target No. Targets Catches Yards Catch Rate YdsPer Target Target % YdsPer Catch %SD
26 Auburn Onterio McCalebb 2 47 32 344 68.10% 7.3 17.20% 10.8 31.90%
27 Florida Trey Burton 4 28 19 149 67.90% 5.3 9.60% 7.8 53.60%
28 LSU Deangelo Peterson 3 28 19 186 67.90% 6.6 10.10% 9.8 46.40%
29 Arkansas Greg Childs 5 31 21 240 67.70% 7.7 7.00% 11.4 51.60%
30 Georgia Orson Charles 2 67 45 574 67.20% 8.6 16.30% 12.8 65.70%
31 Georgia Isaiah Crowell 8 12 8 59 66.70% 4.9 2.90% 7.4 75.00%
32 Miss. State Vick Ballard 4 30 20 187 66.70% 6.2 9.10% 9.4 43.30%
33 Miss. State Brandon Heavens 8 15 10 114 66.70% 7.6 4.50% 11.4 40.00%
34 Ole Miss Jamal Mosley 5 18 12 166 66.70% 9.2 6.50% 13.8 55.60%
35 S. Carolina Rory Anderson 9 12 8 188 66.70% 15.7 4.10% 23.5 58.30%
36 Tennessee DeAnthony Arnett 4 36 24 242 66.70% 6.7 9.80% 10.1 66.70%
37 Alabama Darius Hanks 3 47 31 386 66.00% 8.2 12.90% 12.5 63.80%
38 S. Carolina Ace Sanders 2 44 29 383 65.90% 8.7 15.00% 13.2 52.30%
39 Kentucky CoShik Williams 3 29 19 70 65.50% 2.4 9.20% 3.7 44.80%
40 S. Carolina Marcus Lattimore 3 29 19 182 65.50% 6.3 9.90% 9.6 37.90%
41 Georgia Michael Bennett 4 49 32 320 65.30% 6.5 11.90% 10 59.20%
42 Arkansas Chris Gragg 3 63 41 518 65.10% 8.2 14.20% 12.6 57.10%
43 Florida Chris Rainey 2 48 31 381 64.60% 7.9 16.40% 12.3 43.80%
44 Alabama Marquis Maze 1 87 56 627 64.40% 7.2 23.80% 11.2 57.50%
45 LSU Rueben Randle 1 87 56 930 64.40% 10.7 31.30% 16.6 57.50%
46 Alabama Michael Williams 5 28 18 201 64.30% 7.2 7.70% 11.2 85.70%
47 Arkansas Jarius Wright 1 103 66 1117 64.10% 10.8 23.10% 16.9 57.30%
48 Georgia Bruce Figgins 9 11 7 96 63.60% 8.7 2.70% 13.7 72.70%
49 Ole Miss Brandon Bolden 4 22 14 147 63.60% 6.7 7.90% 10.5 31.80%
50 Kentucky Nick Melillo 4 27 17 186 63.00% 6.9 8.60% 10.9 51.90%
No. Team Player Target No. Targets Catches Yards Catch Rate YdsPer Target Target % YdsPer Catch %SD
51 Georgia Chris Conley 6 26 16 288 61.50% 11.1 6.30% 18 61.50%
52 S. Carolina D.L. Moore 8 13 8 52 61.50% 4 4.40% 6.5 61.50%
53 Alabama DeAndrew White 7 23 14 145 60.90% 6.3 6.30% 10.4 65.20%
54 Florida Quinton Dunbar 7 23 14 216 60.90% 9.4 7.80% 15.4 52.20%
55 Auburn Emory Blake 1 60 36 613 60.00% 10.2 22.00% 17 35.00%
56 Florida Frankie Hammond, Jr. 6 25 15 181 60.00% 7.2 8.50% 12.1 48.00%
57 Florida Andre Debose 5 27 16 432 59.30% 16 9.20% 27 66.70%
58 Miss. State Chris Smith 1 59 35 330 59.30% 5.6 17.80% 9.4 55.90%
59 Vanderbilt Brandon Barden 5 27 16 243 59.30% 9 8.50% 15.2 59.30%
60 Arkansas Cobi Hamilton 4 58 34 542 58.60% 9.3 13.00% 15.9 51.70%
61 Auburn Philip Lutzenkirchen 3 41 24 238 58.50% 5.8 15.00% 9.9 51.20%
62 LSU Kadron Boone 6 12 7 82 58.30% 6.8 4.30% 11.7 41.70%
63 LSU Chase Clement 7 12 7 96 58.30% 8 4.30% 13.7 58.30%
64 Tennessee Da'Rick Rogers 1 115 67 1040 58.30% 9 31.40% 15.5 48.70%
65 Kentucky Matt Roark 2 62 36 349 58.10% 5.6 19.70% 9.7 56.50%
66 Miss. State Malcolm Johnson 7 19 11 206 57.90% 10.8 5.70% 18.7 36.80%
67 Florida A.C. Leonard 9 14 8 99 57.10% 7.1 4.80% 12.4 50.00%
68 Kentucky Tyler Robinson 8 14 8 44 57.10% 3.1 4.50% 5.5 28.60%
69 Ole Miss Nickolas Brassell 2 42 24 336 57.10% 8 15.20% 14 57.10%
70 Miss. State Arceto Clark 2 53 30 442 56.60% 8.3 16.00% 14.7 67.90%
71 Auburn Travante Stallworth 5 23 13 214 56.50% 9.3 8.40% 16.5 43.50%
72 Vanderbilt Chris Boyd 2 55 31 473 56.40% 8.6 17.40% 15.3 47.30%
73 Vanderbilt Wesley Tate 4 39 22 187 56.40% 4.8 12.30% 8.5 51.30%
74 S. Carolina Alshon Jeffery 1 88 49 762 55.70% 8.7 29.90% 15.6 71.60%
75 Florida Jordan Reed 1 51 28 307 54.90% 6 17.40% 11 41.20%
No. Team Player Target No. Targets Catches Yards Catch Rate YdsPer Target Target % YdsPer Catch %SD
76 Tennessee Mychal Rivera 2 53 29 344 54.70% 6.5 14.50% 11.9 49.10%
77 Tennessee Rajion Neal 6 24 13 269 54.20% 11.2 6.60% 20.7 75.00%
78 Georgia Aron White 7 17 9 101 52.90% 5.9 4.10% 11.2 58.80%
79 Florida Deonte Thompson 3 40 21 264 52.50% 6.6 13.70% 12.6 55.00%
80 Georgia Tavarres King 1 88 46 677 52.30% 7.7 21.40% 14.7 55.70%
81 Miss. State Chad Bumphis 3 48 25 339 52.10% 7.1 14.50% 13.6 68.80%
82 LSU Russell Shepard 4 25 13 176 52.00% 7 9.00% 13.5 60.00%
83 Georgia Marlon Brown 5 29 15 234 51.70% 8.1 7.00% 15.6 62.10%
84 Miss. State Ricco Sanders 5 29 15 163 51.70% 5.6 8.80% 10.9 48.30%
85 Kentucky La'Rod King 1 79 40 598 50.60% 7.6 25.20% 15 51.90%
86 Auburn DeAngelo Benton 9 14 7 136 50.00% 9.7 5.10% 19.4 57.10%
87 Kentucky E.J. Fields 6 20 10 89 50.00% 4.5 6.40% 8.9 60.00%
88 Miss. State Marcus Green 6 22 11 188 50.00% 8.5 6.60% 17.1 54.50%
89 Miss. State Michael Carr 9 14 7 90 50.00% 6.4 4.20% 12.9 78.60%
90 Ole Miss Donte Moncrief 1 63 31 454 49.20% 7.2 22.70% 14.6 46.00%
91 Ole Miss Ja-Mes Logan 3 41 20 274 48.80% 6.7 14.80% 13.7 41.50%
92 Vanderbilt Jordan Matthews 1 84 41 778 48.80% 9.3 26.50% 19 52.40%
93 Vanderbilt Jonathan Krause 3 48 23 171 47.90% 3.6 15.10% 7.4 45.80%
94 Kentucky Demarco Robinson 9 11 5 17 45.50% 1.5 3.50% 3.4 63.60%
95 Kentucky Gene McCaskill 5 21 9 85 42.90% 4 6.70% 9.4 23.80%
96 Auburn Quindarius Carr 6 21 8 173 38.10% 8.2 7.70% 21.6 42.90%
97 Tennessee Zach Rogers 3 40 14 189 35.00% 4.7 10.90% 13.5 62.50%
98 Kentucky Brian Adams 7 15 5 46 33.30% 3.1 4.80% 9.2 33.30%
99 Ole Miss Collins Moore 7 15 4 69 26.70% 4.6 5.40% 17.3 46.70%
100 Auburn Jay Wisner 8 15 2 28 13.30% 1.9 5.50% 14 6.70%

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